The jurisdiction of the Condominium Authority Tribunal (the “CAT”) has recently expanded. Given the relatively low cost to a self represented unit owner pursuing a claim with the CAT, Boards need to approach managing and resolving conflicts with unit owners in a more constructive way.
Informal conflict management emphasizes discussion and problem solving to encourage unit owners into compliance with their obligations under Declarations, By-Laws and Rules instead of trying to force compliance which can often escalate matters.
Our panel will discuss the roles of board members, property managers and other professional advisors in this approach, and when it is not an appropriate to do, so as part of the takeaways from.
Moderator: Jonathan Wright
Jonathan practises in all areas of post-development condominium law, with a particular interest and expertise in commercial and construction litigation in the context of a condominium. Jonathan considers himself to be incredibly intelligent, hardworking and diligent, and one day hopes to convince his colleagues that he is all of these things.
Jonathan left the shores of Northern Ireland in 2009 with a law degree in one hand and a pot of gold and his lucky charms in the other. Exuding all the charms and wit of an Irishman, Jonathan takes a pragmatic long term approach to litigation and works hard at building long term relationships formulated on trust and respect with his clients.
Coming from Northern Ireland, Jonathan has a deep love for the beautiful game (and also his wife and daughter) and following the mantra of ‘those that can’t do, teach’ Jonathan, having hung up his soccer boots, enjoys coaching youth soccer, although admittedly, he is living vicariously through the kids he coaches. In the winter months, Jonathan can be found questioning why he left the (ever so slightly) warmer climate of Northern Ireland and trying to avoid injury on various ski hills.
Christy Allen, B.Comm., LL.B.
Davidson Houle Allen LLP
She provides a full range of corporate and litigation services to condominium directors, managers, owners, and insurers. She also represents co-tenancy associations, and gives advice with respect to co-tenancies’ governing documents.
Christy’s work includes building deficiency actions, proceedings involving difficult owners and tenants, collection and lien proceedings, including power of sale, as well as matters involving the enforcement of property rights. She also has experience with construction law.
Mark Blanchette, OLCM
Condominium Property Manager
CMG Condominium Management Group
Mark Blanchette is a fully licensed Condominium Property Manager of Ontario working with Condominium Management Group in Ottawa. With over 15 years in the industry, Mark prioritizes communication and hands-on facilitating to build and maintain strong relationships between Property Management, Boards of Directors, owners, staff and contractors.
Colm Brannigan, FCIArb., C.Med., C.Arb.
Mediate.ca - Brannigan ADR
Bio coming soon.
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